Wednesday, April 9, 2014
In 2014, South Carolina will have a race for Congressional 6th District. This is a very large district and consists of all of Bamberg, Clarendon, Colleton, Marion and Williamsburg counties and parts of Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Lee, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter counties. Three candidates have filed for the position.
Candidate for US Congress District 6 in South Carolina Leon Winn is cut from a different cloth. Winn is from a small town in Georgia but lives in the beautiful Lakewood community in Sumter. He is a pastor at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Manning. He believes in strong Christian morals and wants to see those in the United States Congress build our country back to a strong foundation. Winn believes this country can be strong again once we get rid of those holding us back and holding us down to the old ways. Education is the key to the success.
As a nation, Winn states, “Jobs are coming to South Carolina. We need more jobs in the 6th District. To get more jobs in the 6th District, we need better training. One thing that I’m going to push for is to take the technical skills as far as back to the sixth grade in the middle school. Every little boy in every little girl has an innate ability; they have a talent. They had a God-given gift. It’s our job as educators, as mentors, to tap into what direction they are going into.
Winn’s view on entitlements is, “As a nation we are depending too much on entitlements. The government does not owe us our livelihood. The government should protect the nation. Part of our government is a law-enforcement, part educational, and part highways and upkeep of the country.
We are taking care of every other nation and our own children are suffering. We need to become the father of this nation. That’s what we need to get back to.”
Among his many accomplishments, Pastor Winn is an Air Force veteran, a former City of Columbia police officer, and a successful small business entrepreneur.
Candidate Anthony Culler
Anthony Culler is a different type of candidate. Originally from Spartanburg, he moved to Texas with his wife, and then moved back to South Carolina where they have homeschooled their four daughters.
Culler is a Christian and a Republican but has some ideas that are different from mainstream Republicans. “I truly believe God sent me here to run for Congress and make a change for the better for this district and for Williamsburg County.” Culler ideas originate from his biblical upbringing and seeing people in the district. “My campaign is about Hope. In the 6th district, the people have been gerrymandered in and then left. I am situation blind, people have different lives.”
In a district of 700,000 people, many people have lost hope. Many feel that hope comes from leaders. “Clyburn wants to feed people for a day with his fish dinners. I want to come in and provide business, industry, and education to feed them and their families for a lifetime.”
Unlike most Republicans Culler does not want to cut entitlements for those needing those entitlements from the government. “I will not vote in any way that will cut the entitlements of the people that they count on to eat and feed their families. I am Prolife plus.
Congressman James E. Clyburn
Incumbent Congressman Jim Clyburn states in a flyer “When I first asked voters of South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District to send me to Congress, I promised to put service above self and principles above politics.” Since been elected in 1992, Congressman Clyburn has secured federal support for locations outside of the 6th Congressional District as well as within the 6th District. He has led legislation to establish the National Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor that span along the eastern coast of the United States.
Clyburn stated, “Look at my record and I hope to continue building on my record. Anyone in Williamsburg County can take a look and see that significant economic development has taken place in the county.”
Clyburn is working with both parties to put 10-20-30 into other parts of the budget to make it a permanent law. “I want to be able to get this formula put into other areas of the budget so that we can make improvements to Williamsburg County. What I have done with that formula is convinced other members in Congress that 10% of all the money in that section of the law ought to be going to areas in the community where 20% of the voter population has been stuck below the poverty level for the last 30 years.Congressman Clyburn has been called an expert in civil rights by Chris Matthews on MSNBC, stating “I have great respect for you.”
Clyburn is especially proud of the role he played in passing the Affordable Care Act and his vote to raise minimum wage.
He states he is Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. “I am the father of three daughters. When it deals with fundamental rights of women, the choice is up to them in their situation. I believe in the 7th chapter of Matthew, we are told `Judge not, least ye be judge.’
On the issue of valid photo ID to vote, Clyburn is adamant about his position. He states that he is for valid photo ID, but what he is against is that stating a student’s college or university ID is not valid but that an ID issued for a hunter’s license is valid. He states, “This is not valid Photo ID. If the ID required is an ID that most black people will not have but it is something that most white people will have, then that says to me that you are not trying to ID the voter. You are trying to deny the voters the right to vote.”
Congressman Clyburn is asking for constituents to review his record and agree that he is keeping his promise to the citizens in District 6.
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